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Devilpups' Tennis Program Makes History

Season ends in Eastern Regional Championship for dual team playoffs

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Camp Lejeune, NC | November 8, 2018

Ariana Quackenbush from the Lejeune girls’ tennis team after the Eastern Regional final against Raleigh Charter at the Jacksonville Commons courts, Oct.31.
Ariana Quackenbush from the Lejeune girls’ tennis team after the Eastern Regional final against Raleigh Charter at the Jacksonville Commons courts, Oct.31. | Photo: Photo by Matthew Sokol

Year in Review - Nov. 8 , 2018

The historic 2018 season of the Lejeune High School girls tennis team ended Wednesday in the eastern regional championship of the dual team playoffs.

Raleigh Charter defeated Lejeune 6-0 at the Jacksonville Commons courts to advance to the state finals for a fourth consecutive year. Raleigh Charter (15-3) will play Pine Lake Preparatory (9-1) in Burlington for the 1A state title.

The Devil Pups’ Cinderella season ended on Halloween with a 9-2 record and first ever trip to the eastern regional final.

Individually, junior Georgia Lee advanced to the state quarterfinals, finishing among the best eight players in the state in the 1A division.

“Georgia has the full game, but she needs to work on the mental aspect of the sport,” said Michael Phillips, Lejeune High head coach. “She just needs to handle the pressure better but we will get there.”

Raleigh Charter will carry four seniors into the state championship match.

“I am so proud of my team and this was the last step in a long season heading to states,” said Courtney Whalen, Raleigh Charter tennis coach. “The school is excited for us and we are thrilled. This is an awesome way for the four seniors to go out ending their high school tennis careers.”

For Lejeune’s seniors — Ariana Quackenbush, Natalia Gonzalez, Jasmin Acosta and Aubrey Mathis — they leave the team knowing they changed the record books for Lejeune tennis.

“I have been playing on this team for the last four years,” said Gonzalez. “It is either that we have six people or 16 people on the team. I have been their captain for almost three years, and it has been great watching them grow, seeing the improvement with the team.”

Mathis and Quackenbush connected in the duel team playoffs as partners, growing their friendship along the way.

“Ariana and I aren’t the best with communication, but when we work together, we are definitely a strong pair,” said Mathis. “We get through all the tough challenges together, which makes us pretty good together.”

Though Lejeune loses four seniors for next seasion, its top two seeds — juniors Lee and Carolina Morgan — are both expected back next season.


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